Senior NLU Developer

Cerence Inc.

Tokyo Prefecture, Japan


Software Development

Sep 21

A Moving Experience.

We are looking for a motivated senior research application scientist to join us design, develop and maintain the next generation Japanese natural language understanding (NLU) system for the automotive and mobility markets.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Development of the NLU pipeline
  • Development of new use cases and features in NLU
  • Define and refine annotation specifications
  • Develop and maintain dictionaries, grammar rules and annotations.
  • NLU and end-to-end accuracy improvements
  • Responding to QA and customer reported issues
  • Contribute to team effort to improvement of entire NLU system

Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications

  • Masters in Computer Science, Computational Linguistics, or related field
  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience
  • Native speaker of Japanese; near-native speaker of English is a plus
  • Experience in NLP, especially natural language understanding;
  • Programming skills (especially scripting to support research experiments)

Preferred skills

  • Machine learning
  • Programming experience with Python or Java,
  • Proficiency in additional human languages a plus

Cerence Inc. (Nasdaq: CRNC and is the global industry leader in creating unique, moving experiences for the automotive world. Spun out from Nuance in October 2019, Cerence is a new, independent company that has quickly gained traction as a leader in the automotive voice assistant space, working with all of the world’s leading automakers – from Ford and Fiat Chrysler to Daimler, Audi and BMW to Geely and SAIC – to transform how a car feels, responds and learns. Its track record is built on more than 20 years of industry experience and leadership and more than 325 million cars on the road today across more than 70 languages.  


As Cerence looks to the future and continues an ambitious growth agenda, we need someone to join the team and help build the future of voice and AI in cars. This is an exciting opportunity to join Cerence’s passionate, dedicated, global team and be a part of meaningful innovation in a rapidly growing industry. 


Cerence is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and to compliance with all federal, state and local laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, sex stereotyping, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, protected military or veteran status, genetic information and other protected classifications. Cerence Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement.

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Cerence Inc.

Cerence is the global industry leader in creating unique, moving experiences for the mobility world.